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Definition beginning to come into existence
  • She dealt with her problem with alcohol while it was still in an incipient state.
incipient = beginning to come into existence
  • WILLY [stopping the incipient argument, to HAPPY]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • incipient = beginning to come into existence
  • Smasher, the incipient shepherd—
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • incipient = beginning to come into existence
  • In this respect, it seemed to me, his incipient clinic was already a success.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • In my incipient craziness, a knot in the tree resembled the head of a man.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • And the water, because of incipient flooding, wasn't safe to drink when we got there.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Yet it was not exactly the solicitude of an incipient father.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I look at our hands, her smooth one, the nails pale moons, mine with its tattered cuticles, its skin of incipient toad.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • The incipient panic that had started a few hours earlier had driven them to the brittle edge of riot.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • This bore some resemblance to incipient rigour, and was accompanied by a marked sinking of the pulse.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The shock and the incipient pain had partly sobered him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • They represented qualities that she felt and despised in herself—incipient meanness, conceit, cowardice, and petty dishonesty.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • 'Let me go to bed, then,' answered the boy, shrinking from Catherine's salute; and he put his fingers to remove incipient tears.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • The man bent, puckered his lips, and blew on the incipient fire, gentle as a mother kissing her child, and the sparks sprang into lambent flames.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • It was now the season of incipient preparation for dinner.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • When he removed his boots he discovered incipient frostbite on several toes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Thus the incipient attachment was stifled down.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • There is nothing so inspiring in life as the sight of a legitimate ambition, no matter how incipient.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Hugh Miller gave something which resembled an incipient smile.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men

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